Hello, everyone...my name is Lee, I am 54 year old female, 100% disabled vet and on soc security disability for surgical complications NOT related to my neck.
Thank-you for allowing me to join your family. I am trying not to have a pity party, or feel sorry for myself. I battled back from other medical issues, I am active on the water as a inshore USCG licensed Captain, and love to scallop and shrimp. I run a successful shrimping community message board for Central Florida.
My story is like many who felt they were not taken serious by their Doctor's.
Had an 8 hour facial surgery and rib harvest in 2008, woke up with total right arm and shoulder paralysis & hot stinger arm on fire nerve pain. They said I screamed non-stop in recovery room over arm and never mentioned face pain. They kept pushing pain killers in my IV and then determined I needed sedated. Next day, they minimized it saying they must have moved me wrong and it will be fine in a day or so. Well a MRI later in 2008, I had suprascapular nerve death/damage. Took 6 months to be able to hold a hair dryer...I am right handed.
In 2010, installing outdoor window, that night and for next 3 months, my arm tingled and went to sleep for 90 seconds, and then pin and needles woke up and I was fine. These episodes were x2 an hour every hour for long time.
I did not tell my Dctor abut the arm going numb for 3 months because I felt they thought I was a dramatic female who whined. I felt this way because I was sent to Ortho summer of 2010 for steroid consideration. My primary did this for me back when she believed me...Ortho laid into me saying my MRI was fine, the bone cyst they saw was common and no reason to be followed by Ortho. He made me cry on drive home. From that day, primary Doc never continued with my shoulder work up. She probaly felt I was fine and lets save Humana some testing money....
I did my annual appt at VA [Yes, I have 2 medical insurance plans, one with Veterans and one with Medicare]. I told her I was compromised with Medicare Doc not taking my complaints serious after Ortho booted me out..so her response was why was a cervical MRI not ordered?
So, she did this and she called me with the results.
My dilemma, I do not want the VA handling my case, appts take months and months to get...and I am angry at Humana primary Doc which I see on the 24th and I cannot wait to share my VA MRI test results...*evil grin*.
Is there a chance I can do nothing? Just skate on the life and get along? I am on (8) oxycodone 5 mg tablets/plain with no tylenol in them-- for last 15 years for other issues.
I do not know what they mean...my anxiety cannot even think about doing epi shots in neck. Maybe I am just at the angry stage [non-acceptance stage] and not willing to "own" these results...this is why I am here...*sigh*.
In a perfect world, I do not want to be 'dinked' with and chased with needles, steroids and gut rot anti-inflammatories. But, I do not want to be paralyzed like I was in 2008, that is some scary stuff....thank god, I had a decent recover over 2 years.
Here are my MRI results.
Normal lordotic curve is preserved. There is hypertrophic posterior longitudinal ligament. There is minimal bulging of the disk at C5-C6 and prominent bulging herniation of disk material at C6-C7. This appears to be most prominent just to the left of midline into the left lateral recess. There is prominent herniation of disk material into the left paramedian area and into the left lateral recess at C6-C7. There appears to be considerable non-specific increased signal in the spinal cord on the T2 gradient echo series the etiology of which is undetermined. It is not seen on the T2 fast spin images.
Mild bulging of the disk to the left of midline and into the left lateral recess at C5-C6. There is herniation of disk material to the left of midline and into the left of lateral recess at C6-C7. Alteration in signal on some images in the spinal cord may be secondary to the compression of the thecal sac and spinal cord especially at C6-C7.
Clinical correlation is needed.
Subchondral cyst formation within humeral head particularly anteromedially which raises concern for subcoracoid impingement.
Is this the reason for my tingly arm episodes I endured for 3 months. If that be true, why would they stop, the cyst if impinging should make these episodes continue..so I believe it is my neck...